After months of teasing, the 2016 Fashion Awards, sponsored by Swarovski, have finally been dolled out. The British Fashion Council made every effort to make this year’s ceremony bigger and bolder than ever before. The most notable expansion was the Council's choice to open up categories to the international stage (sparking the “British” to be dropped from the evening's title), and selecting a location that could house 4,000 guests. An eclectic group of presenters included Tom Ford, Lady Gaga, Kate Beckinsale, Mario Testino, Naomi Campbell, Karlie Kloss, Marilyn Manson, Edward Enninful, Donatella Versace, Jared Leto, Carine Roitfeld, Stella Tennant, and David Beckham, among others. Needless to say, it was the most star-studded ceremony to date.
The award winners are as follows:
British Emerging Talent: Molly Goddard (Keep your eye on this tulle-loving talent.)
British Menswear Designer: Craig Green (Probably the most influential menswear designer to come out of London this decade—remember when his show made everyone cry?)
British Womenswear Designer: Simone Rocha (This is the 30-year-old's third Fashion Award—pretty impressive, eh?)
British Brand: Alexander McQueen (I mean, obviously. Have you seen how obsessed people are with McQueen right now?)
International Business Leader: Marco Bizzari, President and CEO of Gucci (Let's be serious, the brand is killing it.)
International Urban Luxury Brand: Vetements (This is the award Marilyn Manson presented, obviously.)
International Model: Gigi Hadid (She beat out sister Bella for the title.)
International Accessories Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci (Honestly, was there even another option?)
International Ready-to-Wear Designer: Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga (Because clearly, Gvasalia is taking over the fashion world.)
As previously mentioned, special honors were given to Bruce Weber (the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator), Franca Sozzani (the Swarovski Award for Positive Change), and Ralph Lauren (Outstanding Achievement in Fashion). Additional accolades were bestowed upon Jaden and Willow Smith, who were named New Fashion Icons, as well as British Vogue, which is now in its 100th year of publication.
One of the most important initiatives the BFC folded into the ceremony was the first-ever annual fundraiser gala, with proceeds going to the British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity. The Foundation will provide scholarships and apprenticeships to students, and hopes to raise £10million over the next 10 years through both annual fundraiser galas and donations.
Congrats to all of the winners, and more importantly, congrats to all the students who will benefit from the Foundation—with any luck, one of them will be on stage accepting a Fashion Award soon.